Monday, September 14, 2020

Midwest Gardening Food: Freezing Green Beans

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Midwest Gardening Food: 

Freezing Green Beans

Since we have had little bursts of cooler weather in between the high 80's and low 90's, the beans were and still are going nuts! We planted beans on 8' trellises between the sunflowers. Mostly to give our neighbor some privacy. There sunken patio is a stones throw from our garden and no need to be seen every time we are in the garden, butts in the air weeding.

And YES sunflowers and beans are very compatible plantings...but who knew?


...our Beans would grow as high as the Sunflowers. The ground was very hard so the ladder was sturdier and safer than it looks.


You can see the thick growth of bean leaves, we have a fortress of beans. Three packets, 2 which were three years old.


My daughter-in-law picked all the lower ones. We picked and picked and picked. 
She took a huge bag of 


Freezing beans is so easy. First, wash and prepare your beans. I clip off the ends and pull off any strings. You may cut them or leave them long. Even with the beans large inside the pods these were very tender, so I'm freezing almost all of them.


Easy Directions for freezing beans: Prepare a clean sink 1/2 full with cold water and add a quart of icecubes or quart block of ice you have frozen. 

    Then set a deep kettle on the stove half full of water. Set to boiling with a lid. (Do not add salt this will discolor the beans).

    When at a rolling boil add 2 cups of beans to the water, bring to a boil and let them cook for three minutes.

    Scoop out the cooked beans and immediately chill to cold in the sink. Remove and drain.

    Do this with all your beans...then bag, removing as much air as possible from freezer bags.

    Label and freeze. Enjoy all year long, so delicious and fresh!


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